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Senate inquiry splits on TEQSA bill

The Australian    |    19 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A Senate inquiry into a bill to restructure the higher education regulator has split along party lines. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The majority report of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has recommended the Senate to pass the bill to streamline the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The bill would take away its broad quality assessment role, spill the commissioners and restructure the commission, and enlarge the minister’s power to give directions to the agency. It would give commissioners more power to delegate decisions, and allow TEQSA to … [Read more...]

The Scan | #154 | 13 June 2014

TEQSA "gardening leave" confirmed 13 June 2014    |    It has been confirmed at Senate Estimates that chief higher education regulator Carol Nicoll has taken indefinite leave and her future is tied to legislation that would restructure the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  A Bill introduced in late February by education minister Christopher Pyne would spill the positions of TEQSA’s five commissioners, splitting the roles of chief commissioner and chief executive both of which are currently vested in the person of Dr Nicoll. It would also strip away the agency’s broader role in quality assessment.....[ MORE ]…. VET susidy cuts in Queensland 13 June 2014    |    The … [Read more...]

Review of Higher Education Standards Framework

The Higher Education Standards Panel has invited comment on proposed revisions to the Higher Education Standards Framework, which govern the approval processes for becoming and remaining a higher education provider. The Panel’s third Call for Comment includes background information on the Panel’s approach and consultation process, as well as instructions for the submission of comments. The closing date for comments is Friday 27 June 2014. … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition – # 151 – 27 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Fees to double: NTEU 27 May 2014 | Analysis by the National Tertiary Education Union of the impact increased university fees predicts that degrees such as engineering, law and dentistry could cost over $100,000, and medicine could rise to as much as $180,000. On average, the cost of degrees will more than double. Higher fees when combined with the new market-determined interest rate, will take more than twice as long to pay back for some degrees. For graduates that take time out from the workforce to care for family members, HELP debts might not be paid off until they reach their late … [Read more...]

TEQSA cuts “nuts”

The Australian    |   21 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A budget line item to halve the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) funding has been described as “counter¬intuitive” by Hilary Winchester, deputy vice-chancellor at CQ University and a former higher education auditor. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Winchester said: It does look nuts to me. We will see … new operators rushing to get registered and offer higher education programs in what they see as a low cost market. The 2014-15 budget papers show regulation and quality assurance cuts from $20.4 million in 2013 to $10.3m in 2017. According to the budget statement : Reduced … [Read more...]

Higher education revolution – redux

6 May 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Education minister Christopher Pyne has set the scene for extensive changes, to be announced “in-principle” in the forthcoming Federal Budget (13 May), to higher education funding arrangements, as proposed by the Kemp- Norton Review and the Commission of Audit. He has come out strongly in support of allowing universities to compete on price by deregulating what fees they can charge students and extending the publicly subsidised demand-driven system to non-university higher education providers (NUHEPs). Students at NUHEPs would receive a lesser subsidy than students at universities because they do not need to fund research … [Read more...]

LH Martin Institute News

Problems reading? Try the web version eNewsletter Wednesday 30 April Featured in this issue Insights Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report Demand Driven Funding Review debate: a user’s guide Challenges in assuring the quality of our universities – anticipating the future Upcoming Programs & Events Welcome to Dr Ruth Schubert Position Vacant Insights Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report Jim Davidson Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report from Jim Davidson who spoke at the CSHE & LHMI Seminar on this … [Read more...]

TEQSA leaders on gardening leave?

The Australian    |      10 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The two founding leaders of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) have gone on extended leave with no official word on their return. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... TEQSA chief commissioner Carol Nicoll and Brisbane-based commissioner Ian Hawke, who served as interim chief executive of the new national regulator, are on leave as the agency confronts an agenda of radical reform and a federal austerity budget. The commission, identified as a bottleneck for key regulatory decisions, will be down from five to three members at least until … [Read more...]

TEQSA bill deferred

Universities Australia  |     7 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The TEQSA reform bill has been referred to the Senate education committee. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Speaking in favour of the referral, opposition higher education spokesman Kim Carr evoked a “back to the bad old days” scenario, although it is not at all evident that the pre-TEQSA era was characterised by systemic quality issues. Excellence must not be sacrificed in the blind haste to cut red tape. We do not want to return to the days where fly-by-night operators exploit loopholes to create degree factories. Carr said the bill to reform the Tertiary Education Quality … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update – Edition 543, 3 March 2013

In Focus TEQSA - changes to deliver on the deregulation agenda For ACPET members, whether delivering in the VET, ELICOS and higher education sectors, Thursday’s second reading speech by Minister Pyne, introducing the TEQSA Amendment Bill 2014 will come as very good news. It shows a government clearly committed to lifting onerous and unnecessary regulation on high performing higher education institutions.As the Minister stated: The Government has committed to deliberate action to remove red tape and is determined to implement an appropriate deregulatory agenda to ensure that higher education institutions have more time and resources to devote to doing what they do best- that is … [Read more...]